Welcome to Part 5 of this great blog series – Writers’ Favourite Writing Quotes. This week’s guest, Allison K. Garcia, has collaborated on this series with me before in Part 4 and she wanted to share another of her inspirational quotes with us. So welcome once again Allison, it’s lovely to have you back in the ‘Blog Seat’ once more! By way of introduction I have added one of my own quotes which particularly resonates with me right now and I hope that you can relate to it too. Take five minutes and let’s read on…
So, one of my own quotes which I go back to again and again is this:
‘People will never forget how you made them feel.’
The reason this is particularly inspiring for me right now, at this point in my writing journey, is that I have had many readers of BROKEN PIECES OF TOMORROW contact me directly or through social media about the feelings the story evoked in them. Many who have commented in their Amazon reviews of the book and their comments have included: ‘What an emotional rollercoaster…’, ‘It gave me the chills…’, ‘…had me laughing and crying…’. Direct messages to me have included: ‘…it brought a tear to my eye…’, ‘…I felt so sad I cried…’, ‘I whooped with joy at the end…so happy for Georgia!’
I must admit to you all that writing the book was quite emotional for me as it is partly based on my own personal experience of my marriage breaking down and the journey I found myself going on; often on auto-pilot! So I laughed and I cried writing the words as they literally, on some days, poured out of me with my tears.
To know that the story, MY words, have touched readers in this way is incredible and I feel sure that Maya Angelou is right when said this.
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Allison K. García’s favourite writing quote:
“The pen is mightier than the sword.”
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1839
“To use my words to fight injustice.”
I’ve never liked physical altercations but being from an Italian family in New Jersey, I soon became a master at verbal altercations.
In school I started to learn about injustices towards different cultural groups and it soon became my own personal soapbox.
Later when I got my Masters in Counseling and began to work in this field, I heard so many stories of trauma and social oppression and injustice towards the Latino population. During that time, I was also learning from my brothers and sisters at my church about their traumatic border crossings and reasons they emigrated and what they had to endure here. Then a few years ago, when a prominent member from our church was deported, I decided that I needed to write a book about undocumented immigrants. And with everything that is going on in our country right now with racism and prejudice I decided that I wasn’t going to wait to get it traditionally published but decided to publish Vivir el Dream on my own. So far it has made a difference in some people’s mindsets regarding the undocumented population and to me that is worth everything, all the hard work I put into the book.
What are you writing at the moment/working on?
I am hoping to get Vivir el Dream translated into Spanish and hope to publish my next Latino Christian fiction book, Finding Amor, in 2018.
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Thank you Allison for joining us again and to you too! I hope that you will come by and visit again soon. And if you have a favourite quote, whether it be a writing quote or one which inspires you to write, and would like to be featured in the series, please contact me, I’d love to hear from you!
Until next time, happy writing, happy reading, happy you!